Southmead Emergency Department Observation Unit (EDOU)

Southmead Hospital EDOUSome patients will be transferred to the Emergency Department Observation Unit (EDOU) at Southmead Hospital from the Emergency Department following assessment and investigations.

If you are unlikely to require admission to hospital, and are awaiting results, need further treatment and/or observation, you will be transferred to our seated monitored waiting area (EDOU).

Occasionally, depending on the results of certain investigations, patients may subsequently need admission to a specialised ward. The transfer will therefore be arranged from the EDOU.  

The EDOU also has capacity for two surgically expected patients, therefore you may be referred directly by your GP to the EDOU, depending on your GP assessment.